The Future of Test-based Accountability

By Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst – Think of the MCT (minimum competency tests) movement as based on a philosophy akin to that which has historically motivated central government’s role in regulating the food supply.

The goal is not to assure that the public eats well, but that it avoids diseases that are transmitted through contaminated foods.

Under present day standards and accountability systems, states, pushed and prodded by the federal government, have moved from trying to force districts to educate students to a minimum level of basic skills and to do something about schools that are obviously failing, to holding districts, schools and teachers accountable for (in the words of the Common Core State Standards Initiative) “preparing all students for success in college, career, and life.”

It is as if the FDA switched from its role of keeping wiggly things out of our food stock, at which it is pretty good, to assuring that we eat a healthy diet. more>


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